Textbook prices suck. They’re the bane of nearly every student’s existence. After the drain of tuition, rent or room and board, it’s often difficult to shell out a few hundred more bucks on textbooks, especially when you use them for only a few, fleeting months.
Yet most people buy textbooks without question, and often they do so at nearly the sticker price. Frankly put, this is a waste of money. Students are capable of saving more money on textbooks than in almost any other area of their education, but many simply don’t.
As a student forced to pay nearly $50 grand for an education at Northwestern University, textbook prices almost add insult to injury. Used books are almost as pricey, especially when purchased from the campus bookstore. As a result, I’ve developed a few shortcuts and tips to help save money on textbooks that nearly any student anywhere could put to good use.
Don’t Buy Them
Sometimes, the easiest way to save money on textbooks is simply to not buy them. Crazy? Hear me out. From my experience, many textbooks I end up purchasing simply don’t get used at any point during the quarter. Some professors take a heavy-handed approach to the booklist on the syllabus, including books that are used infrequently or simply not at all.…